The Music Lesson Place
Debra has been teaching and performing professionally for over 25 years and has taught at The Music Lesson Place since 1992. Her Bachelor of Music Education degree from The Ohio State University was achieved with both performing and scholastic honors. She also has completed coursework toward a Master's degree in performance, studying with Bil Jackson, Principal Clarinet with the Colorado Symphony.
As an active professional performing musician, she plays with the Colorado Ballet Orchestra, the Cheyenne (Wyoming) Symphony, and the Denver Municipal Band (one of a handful of professional concert bands in the U.S., and the oldest continually performing arts group in the Rocky Mountain region). She also is a respected freelance musician and has played with the Colorado Symphony, Opera Colorado, Santa Fe Opera, Colorado Springs Symphony, Colorado Music Festival, Ft. Collins Symphony, Greeley Philharmonic, Boulder Philharmonic, and many other groups. Debra has found that this extensive and active performing career really gives her an advantage in providing practical, real-world experience and problem-solving techniques to her students.
As a private teacher, Debra believes in a well-rounded music education.
She feels that her role is not only to teach students to push the right buttons on their instruments, but also to help nurture and encourage the next generation of music lovers. Debra states: "They learn to make and truly understand music! My personal style is enthusiastic, encouraging, interactive, and nurturing - but I also have high standards for my students. During the lesson process, students learn to problem-solve in creative ways and to listen carefully - after all, music is an aural art! Every student has some native ability. My role is to help develop that ability - to do that, we work on removing obstacles to success, so that their talent can shine through. I enjoy working with those who love learning - I truly like my students, and they know it. I am happy to work with students at all levels, from children to adults."